Rock Climbing Banff National Park

Scale the Glaciated Alpine Ranges of the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies

Rock climbing in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.Banff National Park includes a huge section of the Canadian Rockies range from the crest of the Continental Divide along the British Columbia-Alberta border on the west, nearly to the edge of the prairies on the east.

This tremendous mountainous terrain makes for excellent rock climbing and mountaineering in Banff National Park.

Local climbers distinguish between the higher, often glaciated alpine ranges along the continental divide, and the slightly lower, drier ranges to the east. The Trans Canada Highway provides the main east-west route through the park with access to the town and service centers of Banff and Lake Louise.

Yamnuska: your guides for every Canadian Rockies adventure.A park highway, which parallels the main Divide Range from Lake Louise to Jasper, offers some of the most spectacular alpine peaks and glaciers on the continent.

Popular Mountain Climbing Sites in Banff National Park

Moderate-Level Climbing in Banff

  • Cascade Mountain and Mt. Rundle: near Banff townsite and Mt. Fairview in the Lake Louise area, popular for scrambling.
  • Mts. Edith and Cory: each located close to the road near Banff for roped rock climbs and attractive peaks, popular for scrambling.

Moderate to Difficult Level Climbing in BanffBanff Travel

  • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake: the High summits around these areas provide some of the most popular alpine climbing areas in North America, they contain everything from moderate scrambles to the most serious alpine faces. Extensive trails provide excellent access. This is a good area in which to focus an initial summer climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies.
  • Castle Mountain: west of Banff offers a number of steep rock routes on gritty dolomitic limestone.
    Mt. Louis: has challenging multipitch limestone rock climbs and a spectaculer, spirelike summit.

New to rock climbing or would like to take some lessons and try the sport on for size? Want to climb with a guide with intimate knowledge of the local routes? Contact Yamnuska Mountain Adventures or Banff Travel.

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Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on an ATV Tour. Or have fun Ziplining in Banff, Alberta!

Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta

Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Raft Jasper!

Raft the Kicking Horse
in Banff, Alberta

The Kicking Horse River is one of the best
known for rafting tours...

White Water Rafting in
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